Wright Brothers

Rediscovering the Art of Letter Writing

Nov 3, 2016
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In a new novel called Maiden Flight, Connecticut writer Harry Haskell recreates his grandfather’s storybook romance with Katharine Wright, the Wright brothers’ younger sister. Reading Katharine’s love letters inspired these reflections on an age-old mode of communication.

When Harry Haskell was a boy he had heard about the letters. Harry's grandfather was also named Harry Haskell and he had received the letters from the woman who would become his second wife. She was Katharine Wright-they were love letters she had written to Harry Haskell's grandfather. Harry's sisters told him he probably would not be interested in what they considered to be mushy letters. He didn't read them until he was an adult.
 

Seeking a Bit of the Wright Brothers' Grit

Aug 25, 2016
Wright Brothers bench
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Last week Kettering writer Rebecca Rine sent her kids back to school, and it caused her to think about FOCUS:  how to teach it to her kids and how to refine it in her own life.   In this commentary, which first appeared in the Dayton Daily news - she explains that her inspiration is the Wright Brothers.

Tim Kambitsch
Hannah Boone

Dayton Metro Libraries announced plans this week to open a nine million dollar West Dayton branch next to the Wright Brothers’ factory site - between West Third Street and Abbey Avenue.

The project is part of the city’s West Dayton revitalization efforts. The state government recently granted one million dollars to assist in the redevelopment of the Wright Company Factory Site nearby.

TIm Gaffney is the Director of Communications for the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. He hopes the library will be one many new projects coming to the area.

Sen. Cliff Rosenberger
Hannah Boone

The State has approved $1 million in funding to preserve the historic Wright Airplane Factory site on Dayton's west side.

The grant will be used by the National Park Service to preserve the exterior of two buildings. They’ll also create a replica of the brother’s first manufactured plane.

State officials say the project will revitalize West Dayton.

Jerry Kenney

On April 24th Dayton History will hold it’s highly anticipated annual open house at Hawthorn Hill.  The hilltop Oakwood mansion has been wonderfully preserved and this past week WYSO toured the Wright Brothers' former home with Alex Heckman, outreach coordinator for Dayton History and Steve Wright, the great-grandnephew of Orville and Wilbur Wright. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Alex Heckman speaks first on the home’s history.

Information from Dayton History: (WYSO is not responsible for this content)

Remembering The Wright Company's Star Exhibition Pilot

Dec 28, 2015
Rich and James French Collection

There’s a headstone in a Cape Cod cemetery that features a Wright Flyer. It’s the grave of James Clifford Turpin, a Dayton native who was once a star pilot of the Wright Company’s Exhibition Team. Turpin and his fellow aviation pioneers helped to bring flight to the whole country—but it’s likely you’ve never heard of him and once his flying career ended, he never spoke of his adventures. Commentator Paul Glenshaw has his story.

The 'First-Flight' photograph.
Wright State University Archives

Ohio lawmakers have passed a resolution that repudiates Connecticut's claim that another aviator beat the Wright brothers as first in flight.

The measure cleared its final hurdle on Wednesday when state senators unanimously approved it. The Ohio House passed it earlier this year.

Ohio is formally responding to a 2013 Connecticut law that honored aviator Gustave Whitehead as being two years ahead of Dayton residents Orville and Wilbur Wright's 1903 flight off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

David McCullough's latest book about those flying brothers from Dayton, Ohio is one of the best selling non-fiction titles of 2015. So how was I able to get an interview with him? Do you think it was easy? It was not. Fortunately, I had several things going in my favor for this one. First off I contacted his publicist months before the book's publication and asked about an interview. I explained that I have interviewed David before for his biography of John Adams. His publicist mentioned that David would be coming to Dayton for an event. These were positive developments.

Ohio Weather Forces Innovation In Early Flight

Jul 6, 2015
Dan Patterson Archival Collection

The rainy weather had our aviation commentator Dan Patterson a little frustrated. And he has some thoughts about Dayton weather and the early days of flying.

The great writer, poet and pilot, St. Exuperey wrote in 1939, "A pilot's business is with the wind, and with the stars, with night, with sand, with the sea.  He strives to outwit the forces of nature."

For flyers, the weather is the constant variable.  It determines where you're going to fly, if at all, and this weather lately...makes flying a challenge.

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